Pre-Order: Charlotte Illes is Not a Detective, Available 6/27/23

“A fresh new series . . . for fans of The Maid and Finlay Donovan is Killing It.”

Sue Lucey, Page 158 Books (Wake Forest, NC)

“If Encyclopedia Brown and Harriet the Spy had a love child this would be it. Armchair detectives and those who love solving mysteries with a notebook and best friend will dive into this madcap Finlay Donovan meets Scooby Doo's Velma with a side of warmhearted sibling support.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library (Austin, TX)


About the Book

The downside about being a famous child detective is that sooner or later, you have to grow up . . .

As a kid, Charlotte Illes’ uncanny sleuthing abilities made her a minor celebrity. But in high school, she hung up her detective’s hat and stashed away the signature blue landline in her “office”—aka garage—convinced that finding her adult purpose would be as easy as tracking down missing pudding cups or locating stolen diamonds.

Now 25, Charlotte has a nagging fear that she hit her peak in middle school. She’s living with her mom, scrolling through job listings, and her love life consists mostly of first dates. When it comes to knowing what to do next, Charlotte hasn’t got a clue.

And then, her old blue phone rings . . .

Reluctantly, Charlotte is pulled back into the mystery-solving world she knew—just one more time. But that world is a whole lot more complicated for an adult. As a kid, she was able to crack the case and still get her homework done on time. Now she’s dealing with dead bodies, missing persons, and villains who actually see her as a viable threat. And the detective skills she was once so eager to never use again are the only things that can stop a killer ready to make sure her next retirement is permanent . . .

 Based on the TikTok series from @katiefliesaway!



About the Author

Katie Siegel is a former wannabe child detective who eventually realized that writing mysteries was more fun than trying (and failing) to solve them. In addition to writing the Charlotte Illes books and creating content for @katiefliesaway on Tiktok, Instagram, and Youtube, she writes and produces the fantasy radio advice show podcast, Dear Liisphyra.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and currently lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at


To get your personalized copy, you must order by 6:00 PM ET, Tuesday June 13, 2023

Orders after June 13 will be signed but cannot be guaranteed a personalization

  • Please note the personalization request in the comments box

  • Please note that if you do not indicate anything in the comments box, Katie will sign your book, but there will be no personalization.



Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective: A Modern and Witty Mystery (Not a Detective Mysteries) By Katie Siegel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496740984
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington - June 27th, 2023

“An immensely fun, voice-y read with a twisty mystery.” –Mia P. Manansala, author of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning Arsenic and Adobo

“Charlotte is a delight.” —The New York Times